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TE Coby Fleener - Indianapolis Colts

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Fleener got an interception to end the game as a bonus in IDP leagues, but he also appears to be more prominent than Dwayne Allen and a good fit in the Matt Hasselbeck offense. He's not a TE1, but he can do i a pinch against the Bucs defense that just gave up a nice day to Brent Celek.

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Hasselbeck did enough to defeat Atlanta last week - 23/32 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with both TDs going to Ahmad Bradshaw (four targets for 4/20/2 receiving). Donte Moncrief led the team in targets with eight for 5/41/0 receiving, while Frank Gore led in yards with five for 5/46/0. T.Y. Hilton, usually a favorite of Hasselbeck, had just four targets for 2/21/0 receiving on the day. The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 234.6 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 15th) generated this year. Last week, Mark Sanchez threw 26/41 for 247 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions while taking three sacks for -14 yards from Tampa. Dallas threw 19/30 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and one interception with three sacks taken for -12 yards from Tampa two games ago. Over the past four weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (17.6); the tenth-least fantasy points to opposing wideouts (18.7), and were 16th vs. opposing tight ends (8.9 fantasy points allowed per game on average). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Hasselbeck and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CAR 59 7 43 1 0 10.3
9 vs DEN 59 4 22 0 0 2.2
11 at ATL 43 3 45 0 0 4.5
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Though the Atlanta linebackers were open to take advantage of in the pass game, Fleener had just 45 receiving yards on Sunday, which has been about his ceiling this year. Outside of a nine-target, 83-yard game against the Jaguars in Week 4, Fleener has just one game over 50 yards, a 51-yard performance against Tennessee. While Hasselbeck tends to target Fleener a bit more than Andrew Luck generally does, he's still a low-ceiling, touchdown-dependent fantasy asset. He did have a 26-yard catch on Sunday, but he's still failed to have a reception of 30 yards or more this year.

2015 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Fleener's role as a possession tight end continued on Sunday, as he was limited to just 5.5 yards per catch and one yard after the catch on Sunday. He's shown more dependable hands this year, but his speed in the open field continues to be missing in action, as he rarely forces missed or broken tackles and is limited to quick throws to the flat or shallow middle. With Rob Chudzinski running the offense, however, Luck threw to his tight ends over 30 percent of the time, and Fleener could benefit from that more as the year progresses.

2015 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 43 / 1 rec)

When Andrew Luck's top targets on the outside struggle, he goes to Fleener in the middle of the field, and that was certainly true on Sunday. But despite his speed, Fleener has been limited to short passes this season, namely against zone coverage. And he's simply not good enough at the catch point or after the catch to warrant heavy usage in that area, as his inability to box out defenders resulted in two critical incompletions on Monday, including the game-ending (essentially) interception. But against team's with strong secondaries, Fleener may continue to see decent volume and touchdown opportunities.

2015 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Fleener has been a bit more reliable for the Colts this season, and it showed on Sunday. Fleener was one of the few players getting open against man coverage, but Luck seemed unable to find him before a late 27-yard, leaping reception down the right sideline. It seems odd to say, given the Colts' resources invested in the receiving corps, but the team needs to get its tight ends more involved in the passing game.

2015 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

With Dwayne Allen back healthy, Fleener's role is limited in the Colts' offense. Fleener did take 51 snaps to Allen's 35, but that was only because the Colts were trying to spread the field in the second half. In a more balanced game plan, Fleener will still be limited. When he did get targets in this one, Fleener was unable to take advantage of yards-after-catch opportunities. He'll still be a part of the Colts' offense, which means occasional red-zone targets, but those will be extremely erratic.

2015 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

With Dwayne Allen returning to the lineup, Fleener was relegated back to TE2 for Indianapolis, playing just 33 snaps. Fleener's blocking hasn't improved enough to justify his presence on the field over Allen's in one-TE sets, and Allen looked good moving after the catch despite his injury that kept him out the previous two weeks. Fleener did see three targets on the day, but they were all short, limited opportunities.

2015 Week 4 vs JAX (12 / 9 / 83 / 1 rec)

The Colts' tight end usage increased with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm on Sunday, as Fleener was targeted 11 times. The vast majority of Fleener's use was on short crossing patterns and flat routes, as nine of his 11 targets came less than 10 yards down the field. Fleener also had one of his customary third-down drops early in the game. But Fleener showed good awareness and yards-after-catch ability for the second week in a row, and did have a 28-yard catch in overtime to help set up the game-winning field goal. His usage will dip when Dwayne Allen returns, but he's been a much more dependable player this last two weeks than he's shown in years past.

2015 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

The Colts wanted to get the tight ends more involved this week, and with Dwayne Allen out, Coby Fleener saw the field for 50 snaps and had six targets. But, unable to do anything down the field, Fleener was limited to quick dig routes, although he did show admirable strength after the catch. But with Allen returning from injury, Fleener should see his role in the offense decrease quickly, as Allen is still the better third down and red-zone target.

2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

What happened to Coby Fleener and Pep Hamilton's relationship? Fleener was targeted 92 times last season, but has just one target through two games this year. He has been the clear loser amidst all the Colts' offseason additions. Even with Dwayne Allen out most of Monday's game, he failed to record a single target.

2015 Week 1 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

After missing all of preseason with an injury, it wasn't surprising how little Fleener was featured in the passing game on Sunday. On the field for less than 50 percent of the offense's snaps, Fleener saw just one target against the stingy Bills defense. He will have other days where he has bigger roles, but it seems that Dwayne Allen will be the Colts' go-to tight end in one-TE sets. If the Colts use more multiple-TE sets with T.Y. Hilton out for the next week or two, however, Fleener could see fantasy relevancy again. And, of course, the Colts love their tight ends in the red zone.


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